Written by Brooke Tucker-Reid
Not many of us love air travel. I can only imagine how a tiny human might feel in a confined space without the freedom to run around at their leisure. Let’s face it – flying with a toddler can be a nightmare, especially when you’re flying solo.
There is a silver lining. You can win at flying with your toddler, but you’ve got to be prepared. My daughter and I have taken a few flights together recently. I’m sure you can imagine how much more stressful it was without two sets of hands, but we’re getting the hang of it.
SNACKS SNACKS SNACKS
Just when you think you’ve packed enough, grab a few more. Account for travel and wait times too as you don’t want to run out. Bring something chewy like dried fruit or fruit leathers for your mini to munch on during takeoff to prevent their ears from popping. Drinking water also helps.
Technology is your friend
My daughter is just getting into apps and videos on “her” tablet which holds her attention for a fair amount of time. Make sure you download a few apps that do not require an internet connection. Some of them offer offline content for these situations.
Sorry airline – I’m doing it my way
Airlines typically ask parents with young children to board first as it often takes them a little longer to get settled. Personally, I’d rather chase my child around in circles to help her burn some energy while the queue dies down instead of waiting in line to sit on the plane for half an hour longer. If you choose to go this route, make sure your carry-on or diaper bag fits under the seat. Otherwise, you may have to battle with other passengers for overhead storage space.
Move on back
Many parents, including myself, will opt for a seat near the back of the plane. Not because that’s where the cool kids sit, but because that’s where the change tables usually are. Wow – my priorities have changed.
Care about the other passengers, but not too much
It’s not relaxing for other passengers to fly with a fussy toddler onboard. Our pre-baby selves can relate. Do you know what’s even more stressful? Being the parent of a little one who is about to blow a gasket. Let them roam free while the seatbelt sign is off. A few toes might become casualties but at least they won’t be screaming and squirming in confinement on your lap.
I hope your next flight is a breeze. Do you have any other air travel hacks for the kiddos?